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'RBZ paid Jonathan Moyo US$ 300 000 for ZANU PF campaign'

by Mandla Ndlovu
19 May 2019 at 08:47hrs | Views
Former cabinet minister Professor Jonathan Moyo was allegedly paid US$300 000 by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor Dr Gideon Gono to create a ZANU PF manifesto for the 2008 runoff it has emerged.

The stunning revelations came out when National Patriotic Front Spokesperson Jealousy Mawarire narrated how ZANU PF paid Prof Moyo the money and the manifesto booklet was distributed at the soccer match between Zimbabwe and Kenya on June 22.  

Prof Moyo responded to Mawarure saying, "I only drafted the 100 Reasons booklet for Gideon Gono, who contracted me. It was used by Millicent Mombeshora who edited it with her RBZ team that also distributed it. I didn't have any work or contact with the ZANU PF team run by Olivia Muchena, George Charamba and the Army."

However Mawarire hit back saying, "The diction, thought pattern and propaganda approach is yours, am not sure, though, the booklet is worth the US$300 000 you were allegedly paid."

Find Mawarire's full narration below:

Was going thru books in my library and came across this booklet believed to have been written by Jonathan Moyo for Zanu-PF for the 2008 presidential election run-off. The story behind this book is not so much about the elections or its contents, but what happened on June 22.

The booklet was being distributed freely at the 2010 Football World Cup qualifier between Zimbabwe and Kenya. The match had an official attendance of 23k, mostly enthusiastic Zimbabweans who expected us to qualify 4 the Soccer showpiece in South Africa. Each of us got a copy as we entered Rufaro.

It was clear Zanu-PF had roped in Jonathan Moyo after the March 29 electoral setback and the Prof's fingers could be seen in the PaxAfro lyrics "If u believe and I believe, then all good things are possible". Remember Prof had been fired from Zanu-PF in 2005 and had contested as an Independent.

Back 2the Rufaro story.We all had our booklets in the colours of our national soccer jerseys and waved them passionately, if not patriotically, as we sang the national anthem. Am sure most didnt even open to read page1 but we, all the same, felt part of the team and booklet.

This was a match we were supposed, or expected, to win. Am sure Zanu-PF, after the presidential election defeat in March, wanted something positive, some good result that could have made people eager to go thru the campaign message which had become part of the pre-match program.

The plan did not go according to plan for Jonathan Moyo and his Zanu-PF campaign team as the poor showing by the Warriors incensed supporters so much that most began to throw the booklets onto the pitch and on the stands when it became apparent we were drawing the match.

Source - Byo24News